Matthew Axten

Educator and mentor

NTNomineeYoung Australian of the Year2021

Matthew Axten is an Arrernte man and a teacher who is committed to making a real difference in the lives of students at Gillen School in Alice Springs.

Taking a leadership role, he uses values-based practice to cultivate a community of students and nurture a supportive learning environment.

Matthew has worked to enhance literacy and numeracy centres – based on student data – to target specific learning needs. He is also proactive in understanding and implementing key concepts of school-wide positive behaviour support. His innovative approach ensures that students receive positive reinforcement for behaviours that will help them achieve success at school.

To make positive long-term changes in the lives of students, Mathew is committed to increasing community involvement in the school – with a focus on engaging parents in their children’s education.

In 2019, Matthew’s fellow teachers recognised his dedication by nominating him for the Young Aboriginal Educator of the Year Award.